Started feeling tired and stressed out at work? Even when it isn’t anything serious, you worry about many things. You couldn’t sleep at night and kept stressing about your work. As if you knew it was time to take some steps to get back on track and avoid burning out at work. Here are four ways you should know how to prevent burnout:
Recognize the symptoms of burnout
While burnout is a broad term, many symptoms can indicate you’re burning out. These include:
- Feeling like you’re not making any progress at work.
- Feeling like you’re not being effective at work.
- Feeling like you’re not doing your best in your career.
- Feeling like people don’t appreciate the value of what you do for them.
If these feelings sound familiar, it could be time to take action before any further damage is done!
“By helping teams prioritize, creating dedicated focus time, supporting the individual needs of your team members, encouraging breaks and time off, you’ll be building healthy habits that help both you and your employees prevent burnout,” say Intuit professionals.
Start a gratitude journal
Write down three things you are grateful for each day. First, this could be something as simple as your family or something more complex, like the fact that you have a job at all.
Writing down your gratitude can help you sleep better, feel happier and more positive about yourself and others, improve relationships with colleagues and clients, increase focus at work, reduce stress levels and create a positive attitude to life’s challenges.
Take care of your physical health
Your body’s physical health is just as important as your mental and emotional health. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat right, exercise regularly, and get outside in natural sunlight. Taking care of your physical health will help you avoid burning out at work.
If any of these things are out of whack (or if something else is making you feel stressed), don’t hesitate to take time off when you need it. If possible, take a vacation from all work-related things for a few days or even a week!
Nurture your social relationships
It’s essential to have strong social relationships. They provide comfort and support and can also be a source of joy, happiness and meaning in your life. Friendships are one of the most rewarding parts of being human; having friends feels good because it makes you feel safe and secure, which is something that we all need.
For being a good friend:
- Be there when they need you.
- Listen without judgment or interruption.
- Ask questions before offering advice or opinions.
- Do nice things for them.
Ask for help when you need it
It’s okay to ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself—in fact; you probably shouldn’t. When were most stressed and overworked, it can be easy to feel like asking for help is a sign of weakness or failure. But in reality, asking for assistance is a highly positive move that shows yourself and others that you’re aware of what’s happening around you and are willing to do what you can to keep yourself safe and healthy throughout the day.
Burnout is a complicated phenomenon that can take years to develop but can be quickly reversed—concerned about your burnout? Please seek help from a doctor or therapist. The best way to manage burnout is through preventive measures. But if you find yourself in crisis mode, there are other ways out too!